Today, Biological Dynamics announced it has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help address the pressing need of reducing the burden of tuberculosis (TB) in resource-poor settings.
The ultimate objective of this work is to develop foundational data demonstrating the feasibility of an affordable, smartphone-enabled, sample-to-answer TB assay that can be deployed at the point of care, delivering results and location-based care options to patients in areas with a high burden of TB. The technology is powered by Biological Dynamics novel isolation platform, Verita„¢, developed to isolate circulating biomarkers such as cell-free DNA and exosomes from whole blood, serum, and plasma without the need to pre-process samples. The company is currently applying the cutting-edge isolation capabilities of Verita to develop the next generation of lab and point-of-care tests for the early detection and treatment of cancer.
We are honored to be awarded this opportunity to apply the cutting-edge isolation capabilities of the Verita platform toward the development of a radically simplified TB test that could bring a timely and accurate diagnosis to millions of people worldwide, said Raj Krishnan, Ph.D., CEO of Biological Dynamics. With the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we are taking the first step in the development of smartphone-enabled TB diagnostics that could fundamentally change how we diagnose and treat this disease.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-fourth of the worlds population is infected with TB, resulting in 1.6 million TB-related deaths annually1. The lack of portable, point-of-care TB diagnostic tools, limited access to affordable testing, and lack of follow-up care poses significant barriers to controlling this disease, especially in low and middle-income countries.
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About Biological Dynamics
Biological Dynamics is an innovative diagnostic company committed to improving global cancer outcomes by empowering healthcare communities with accessible cancer diagnostics. Biological Dynamics proprietary technology platform, Verita„¢, isolates nanoparticles and macromolecules directly from whole blood, serum, or plasma without the need for pre-processing samples. The company is developing a portfolio of novel oncology products designed to enable early detection and individualized monitoring of cancer. In addition to lab-focused products, Biological Dynamics is also developing a smartphone-enabled portable version of the platform, with the goal of bringing blood-based DNA testing into the home. For more information visit us at www.biologicaldynamics.com and follow us at @BiodynSD on Twitter.
1 Combating the Global TB Epidemic “ CDC. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2018, from https://www.cdc.gov/globalhivtb/who-we-are/about-us/globaltb/globaltb.html